Mark Carreau

Mark Carreau
Space Contributor,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Mark is based in Houston, where he has written on aerospace for more than 25 years. While at the Houston Chronicle, he was recognized by the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Foundation in 2006 for his professional contributions to the public understanding of America's space program through news reporting. He has written on U. S. space policy as well as NASA's human and space science initiatives.
Mark was recognized by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and Headliners Foundation as well as the Chronicle in 2004 for news coverage of the shuttle Columbia tragedy and its aftermath.
He is a graduate of the University of Kansas and holds a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Kansas State University.

NASA’s InSight To Shake, Shiver In Test Chambers Before March Launch 
NASA’s next Mars lander, InSight, has started rigorous environmental testing at Lockheed Martin Space System facilities in Denver.
Planetary Society’s LightSail-A Seeks Reboot After Going Silent 
The Planetary Society’s novel LightSail-A orbital deployment demonstration mission is seeking a computer reboot with help from Mother Nature after a loss of communications was linked to a suspected software problem.
ISS Prepares For U.S. Commercial Crew Vehicle Dockings 
NASA’s Mission Control team moved ahead with external changes to the U.S. segment of the International Space Station to accommodate the anticipated dockings of Boeing- and SpaceX-launched crew transportation vehicles by 2017 with the May 27 relocation of the Permanent Multipurpose Module.
SpaceX Dragon Returns From 6th Space Station Resupply Mission 
SpaceX reported the splashdown 155 mi. southwest of Long Beach, California, at 12:42 p.m. EDT. The spacecraft was met by a company recovery vessel.
NASA’s SMAP Spacecraft Transitions To Science Observations 
The $916 million spacecraft mission was launched Jan. 31, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
JAXA Releases First 30-Meter Resolution Data from Daichi Mission 

The House Appropriations Committee will consider a fiscal 2016 defense spending bill May 20 that would provide $578.6 billion for the military, including $88.4 billion for war efforts. The use of war accounts for additional defense spending is part of a budget deal that Congress has agreed on, but that agreement sets up a budget showdown with President Barack Obama, who has threatened to veto the defense authorization bill unless Congress also increases funding for other federal agencies.

Russian Progress Boosts International Space Station On 2nd Attempt 
After a failed attempt two days earlier, thrusters on the Russian Progress 58 re-supply capsule docked to the International Space Station (ISS) fired for just over 32 min. on May 17, successfully raising the altitude of the six-person orbiting-science laboratory.
Prospective Space Tourist Withdraws From September ISS Launch 
Citing personal reasons involving her family, British soprano and prospective space tourist Sarah Brightman has withdrawn from a 10-day Russian Soyuz taxi mission to the International Space Station planned for a Sept. 1 launch with two Russian and European professional astronauts.
NASA’s Nicer/Sextant Team Eyes 2016 Launch 
NASA’s Nicer/Sextant team is preparing for a fall 2016 launch to the International Space Station of a first-of-its-kind external observatory.
NASA Hunting For Cubesat Launch Services  2
NASA division issues draft RFP for U.S. launch companies interested in inaugurating the Venture Class Launch Services dedicated to cubesat missions.
Progress Loss Prompts Russia To Curtail ISS Activities 4
Russia’s federal space agency will delay near-term International Space Station Soyuz crew and Progress resupply launch and landing operations following the recent failed Progress M-27M cargo mission.
NASA Ready To Foster Commercial Dedicated CubeSat Launch Service 
Flourishing well into their second decade, the versatile CubeSat family may soon have dedicated, NASA-initiated competing commercial launch services providers.
Russian ISS Resupply Capsule Re-enters Atmosphere 
Russia’s uncontrolled Progress 59 International Space Station resupply capsule re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean late May 7, according to Roscosmos, the federal space agency, and U.S. military monitors.
Russia ISS Resupply Capsule Re-entry Appears Imminent 
Russia’s wayward Progress 59 International Space Station resupply mission spacecraft appears destined for an uncontrolled overnight re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere.
New Round Of Satellite Servicing Demos Take Place Outside ISS 
NASA ground control teams working with a mock satellite bus positioned outside the International Space Station have completed a five-day round of hardware staging and technology demonstrations that one day could robotically refurbish satellites as distant as geosynchronous orbit.
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